Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Joseph Sweeney

People of UT: Paxton Smith

Joseph Sweeney, Multimedia Editor June 13, 2024

Editor’s note: This podcast was originally uploaded to Spotify on June 12, 2024. Joseph Sweeney: Welcome to People of UT, the show that introduces you to members of the UT community that have made...

Garzapelta muelleri – A New Crocodile Ancestor Discovered by UT Researchers

A study led by researchers at UT's Jackson School of Geosciences discovered fossils belonging to Garzapelta muelleri - an ancestor of modern-day crocodiles. Video by Avery Kurzontkowski, Joseph Sweeney...

A Look Inside The Daily Texan

Joseph Sweeney, Multimedia Editor May 29, 2024

The Daily Texan is one of the most awarded college newspapers in the nation, but how exactly is the paper printed? And how has the paper changed over recent years? Produced by Joseph Sweeney. This video...

Longhorn Singers: Harmonizing Tradition and Community at UT Austin

Joseph Sweeney, Senior Audio Producer April 30, 2024

For over 60 years, Longhorn Singers have upheld a rich network of alumni, tradition and — of course — music. In this episode, Audio Producer Joseph Sweeney talks to LHS members to learn about what...

People of UT: Hiram Garcia

Joseph Sweeney, Audio Producer April 11, 2024

Editor's note: This podcast was originally published on Spotify on April 8, 2024. In this People of UT episode, Audio Producer Joseph Sweeney talks to Hiram Garcia — a UT alumnus and independent video...

A Look at UT’s Longhorn Band

The Daily Texan spoke with members of The University of Texas at Austin's Longhorn Band. Follow them through their weekly routine as they battle early morning practices, sweltering temperatures and difficult...

A Look Inside UT Austin’s Bell Tower

Joseph Sweeney, Videographer November 27, 2023

While you may look at UT's tower every day, its not every day you think about what lies inside. Up over 300 feet high, members of the University of Texas Guild of Carillonneurs play an array of songs on...

Trash to Treasure- UT’s Sustainable Fashion Efforts

Angelica Ruzanova, Emma Louviere, and Joseph Sweeney October 25, 2023

Students at the University of Texas at Austin sift through mounds of clothing items previously left in trash bags. The Campus Environmental Center encourages others to reuse and thrift new clothes at their...

Behind the Scenes: Lightning Thief the Musical

Editor's Note: This video was originally published on YouTube on May 5, 2023.  We followed the rehearsal process for University Theatre Guild's production of 'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson...

Austin’s Food Trucks: Big Opportunities for Small Business Owners

The Daily Texan sat down with Austin food truck owners to learn more about how the business model allows them to share cuisines from all over the world. Produced by Amaya Austin. Video by Vio Dorantes,...

Texas Taekwondo Goes To Championships

The largest martial arts organization at UT Austin, Texas Taekwondo, explain the secret behind their success at state and national championships. Produced by Harsha Ketavarapu. Video by Francesca Conde...

Inside UT’s Skate Culture

Local skaters share why they love UT's skateboarding culture. Produced by Angela Suresh, Theo Werner and Michael Zhang. Video by Amaya Austin, Joseph Sweeney, and Daniel Guel. Edited by Angela Suresh...

Social work administration responds to student calls for improved field hours, pay rate during protest

Social work administration responds to student calls for improved field hours, pay rate during protest

Joseph Sweeney, General News Reporter April 11, 2023

Over 100 people with the UT chapter of FED UP — Field Education and Development Undergraduate/Graduate Placements — rallied in front of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work Tuesday morning, continuing...

Social work advocates plan rally following dissolution of collaborative group

Social work advocates plan rally following dissolution of collaborative group

Joseph Sweeney, General News Reporter April 2, 2023

On Friday afternoon around 30 social work advocates sat designing posters at Pease Park in preparation for their April 11 rally to protest low student worker pay in front of the Steve Hicks School of Social...

UT’s Gender-Inclusive Fitness Club

UT's Gain Health club offers women and non-binary students a safe workout space that centers holistic wellness and community-building. Produced by Kirthi Gummadi. Video by Kameryn Griesser and Eliza...

Progressive advocate Zo Qadri sworn in as District 9, West Campus council member

Progressive advocate Zo Qadri sworn in as District 9, West Campus council member

Joseph Sweeney, General News Reporter January 12, 2023

Zo Qadri, a UT alumnus and progressive advocate, was sworn in as the new Austin council member for District 9, now representing the vast majority of UT students.  Qadri, whose district comprises the...

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Student organization eliminates $30,000 in Austin medical debt, raises awareness for hospital charity care

Joseph Sweeney, General News Reporter November 15, 2022

About 40 student volunteers created a local chapter of Dollar For, a national charity, to combat medical debt in the Austin community. Karthik Venkudusamy, a biochemistry junior and co-president of...

Climate change, green energy take center stage at annual energy forum

Climate change, green energy take center stage at annual energy forum

Joseph Sweeney, General News Reporter November 7, 2022

UT faculty spoke alongside politicians, economists and energy executives Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center’s seventh annual symposium.  Eighteen panelists came together at the...

A protestor holds up a sign on Speedway in front of the Perry-Castañeda Library on Oct. 27, 2022.

Students for a Democratic Society call for women’s and LGBTQ+ rights

Joseph Sweeney, General News Reporter October 31, 2022

Around 10 students with the organization Austin Students for a Democratic Society protested outside of the Perry-Castañeda Library on Oct. 27 for increased support of reproductive justice and trans students’...

Dobie Twenty21 complex coordinator Jesse Lafarga answers audience questions during Thursday’s panel on Oct. 20, 2022.

Dobie Twenty21 holds panel to address ongoing housing concerns, resident displacement

Joseph Sweeney, General news reporter October 23, 2022

Floors 14-27 of University housing complex Dobie Twenty21 have been closed since August, causing displacement for students who signed a lease. Dobie Twenty21 staff hosted a panel in the Dobie courtyard...

‘My people want to live,’ protests continue at Texas Capitol following death of Mahsa Amini

‘My people want to live,’ protests continue at Texas Capitol following death of Mahsa Amini

Joseph Sweeney, News Reporter October 18, 2022

Aryana Rostami said she and her family left Iran due to the political regime when she was 16.  Six years later, Rostami, now a Middle Eastern studies, Middle Eastern languages and culture, international...

UT Student Government hosts state representative panel ahead of midterm elections

UT Student Government hosts state representative panel ahead of midterm elections

Joseph Sweeney, News Reporter October 17, 2022

UT Student Government hosted a discussion panel with Democratic state representatives James Talarico, Ron Reynolds and Gina Hinojosa in the Union’s Eastwoods room on Thursday.  Hinojosa said the...

Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, speaks at the Texas Democratic Party Johnson-Jordan Reception on Oct. 9, 2022.

Vice President Kamala Harris visits Austin ahead of mid-term elections

Joseph Sweeney, News Reporter October 9, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris delivered the keynote address for the Texas Democratic Party’s annual Johnson-Jordan Reception, hosted at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday.  The fundraiser, named after...

Ascension Seton nurses vote to unionize, cite staffing concerns

Ascension Seton nurses vote to unionize, cite staffing concerns

Joseph Sweeney, News Reporter October 4, 2022

Nurses at the Ascension Seton Medical Center announced their unionization with National Nurses United on Sept. 21 as a result of staffing shortages causing issues for employees.  With 800 nurses, the...

What to know about registering for the Nov. 8 Midterm elections in Texas

What to know about registering for the Nov. 8 Midterm elections in Texas

Joseph Sweeney, News Reporter October 2, 2022

As mid-term elections approach, the voter registration period for eligibility in the Nov. 8 election closes on Oct. 11, with early voting running from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4. The election will determine the...

EMS staffing shortages continue, communities go underserved

EMS staffing shortages continue, communities go underserved

Joseph Sweeney, General News Reporter September 25, 2022

The shortage of emergency medical services staff, an ongoing issue worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, left many Austin residential areas with limited coverage on Sept. 10 while ambulances were diverted...

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